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Egypt and Israel Pilgrimage Tour
Upon arrival at Cairo International airport, you will be welcomed and assisted through immigration and customs by our representative. Thereafter, visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Leave thereafter to visit the Old / Coptic / Christian Cairo u0026 the Pharaonic Village. Visit the hanging church (AL MUALLAQA) – built in the 4th century over southern gate of the fortress of Babylon. Dedicated to Virgin Mary, its treasures include a 14th century wall painting of the Nativity. We also visit The Church of St. Sergius (ABU SERGA) – A 5th century basilica built over crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt; Church of St. Mercurius (ABU SEFEIN) – boasts a unique collection of Coptic art including 175 icons that depict scenes from the old and new testaments, wall paintings, etching and stained glass, and Ben Ezra Synagogue.
- Cairo, Egypt
- Day 1
After breakfast check out of the hotel and depart for St. Catherine – Mt. Sinai. Drive across the Suez Canal (via an underwater tunnel), and enjoy a scenic drive through the Sinai desert. Our next stop is Moses’s Springs. Here, there are remnants of the springs and a group of Bedouins still live there. We will then driver via Rephidim where the Israelites fought the Amalekites. During this battle, whenever Moses put his arms down, the Israelites lost and whenever he put his arms up, the Israelites were winning (Aaron and Hur held Mosesu0027 arms up as he started getting tired.). Check in to your Hotel and after dinner; retire early to be ready for the early morning climb.
- Mount Sinai, Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, Egypt
- Day 2
Leave your Hotel at 0100 hrs and transfer to the Mountain climb base. At 0200 hrs start the climb of the Mountain of St. Catherine (also known as The Mount of Moses) – believed to be the Mountain Moses climbed to receive the Ten Commandments. The climb takes approx. 3 hrs one-way, and climbers are treated to a spectacular view of the Sunrise atop the mountains! On this day, after the climb, we will visit sites in St. Catherine. In the same area, there is the famous Greek Orthodox Monastery which is built around the Burning Bush and the well where Moses met his wife Zebura (daughter of Jethro, the priest of Median). We will also visit the place where the Israelites camped when Moses went to receive the Ten Commandments. Return to hotel for breakfast and then Check out. rnLeave after breakfast for Taba – the Egypt / Israel border town. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for the pilgrims to get some much-deserved rest after the climb ahead of the Israel program.
- St Catherine, Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, Egypt
- Day 3
After breakfast, transfer early to the border post of Taba and cross over to Eilat to enter Israel. Here, you will be met and assisted / ushered into Israel by our office representative. Proceed to Kibbutz Yotvata, one of the largest Kibbutz in Israel. Here, we will visit a dairy farm where a guide will be at hand to give you first-hand info on Dairy farming in the desert! We will continue to take a trip there to know how the ecological vegetables / fruits are grown under the desert heat organically. Visit the superstore run by the Kibbutz, where you can sample the milk and cheese products by cows u0026 goats bred there. We will then drive down to the dead Sea, the deepest / lowest place on earth. We will stop by to give you an opportunity to float (not to swim!) on the sea; an experience like no other. Thereafter, leave for Jericho – the Oldest u0026 lowest city on Earth! Visit the place of the Sycamore Tree – u0022Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man, he could not see over the crowd. So, he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that wayu0022. Celebrate Mass before driving to Jerusalem to our hotel for dinner and overnight
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Day 4
Breakfast at your Hotel. We begin our day by a visit to Mt. Olives to view Jerusalem, The Chapel of Ascension, Pater Noster (Our Lord’s Prayer) church, Dominus Flevit (the church of the tear – Jesus Wept), the Garden of Gethsemane, across the Kidron Valley to Mt. Zion; Visit the Room of the Last Supper / upper room and the tomb of King David. Walk down to St. Peter in Gallicantu and visit Caiaphas House. Visit St. Anne (the pool of Bethesda), continue in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Cross / Via Dolorosa, Jesusu0027 u0022Way of Sufferingu0022, and unto the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Via Dolorosa passes through the Old Cityu0027s oriental u0022Souku0022.
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Day 5
After breakfast, start the day with a visit to the u0022Wailing Wallu0022 – the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. We thereafter leave for Bethlehem. We will visit the Shepherd’s fields in Bet Sahour, and thereafter drive to the ancient Church of the Nativity, where we can really touch the very place where Jesus was born. We shall also visit the u0022Milk Grottou0022.rnWe will drive to Ein Karem, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will visit the u0022St. John in the Mountainsu0022 church, built on the place where the house of St. John was standing. We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elizabeth.
- Bethlehem of Galilee, Israel
- Day 6
After Breakfast, we will leave Jerusalem and driving past Tel Aviv, continue to Caesarea Marittima, the magnificent port-city built by King Herod the Great. In Caesarea, a well-preserved theater, an inscription of the procurator Pontius Pilate was found. Continue to Haifa to Mt. Carmel – Elijah’s cave, and stop to experience the breath-taking view of the city at the Bahai Gardens. It is in Mt. Carmel where Elijah had the contest with the Prophets of Baal and to-date, stands the statue at the Carmelite monastery, which reflects the Lordu0027s victory over the prophets of Baal.rnWe then move to Nazareth and, visit there the Basilica and the church of the annunciation, and the chapel of St. Joseph the Worker / Carpenter.
- Nazareth, Israel
- Day 7
We drive to visit the places where Jesus acted / ministered around the Sea of Galilee – these include: Capernaum, with Peter’s House and the famous Synagogue, the Mt. of the Beatitudes, where the u0022Sermon on the Mountu0022 was given, and the reconstructed church in Tabgha, where tradition puts the miracle of the Bread and The Fish. rnWe will then sail on the Sea of Galilee in a boat like the boat used by Jesus and his disciples. Thereafter, visit the Baptismal Site on the River Jordan. Drive to visit Cana of Galilee and then to the hotel
- Tabgha, Israel
- Day 8
Early morning breakfast. Drive to the Mountain of Temptation view point. The summit of Mount of Temptation, rising to a height of 350 meters above sea level and commanding a magnificent and panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, is the site where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan. We will then head out to Eilat / Taba border post, and cross over to Egypt and continue to Sharm el Sheikh for dinner and overnight.
- Eilat, Israel
- Day 9
Leave after breakfast and drive to Cairo through the Wilderness of Sin where the miracle of Manna and Quails took place, and where traces of the Seventy-two palm trees can be found (Elim). rnDriving past Mara, cross the Suez Canal and continue to Cairo.rnTransfer thereafter to the airport for your flight back to Nairobi. Departure
- Cairo, Egypt
- Day 10